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ESSDA Spreads Information about Changing Society

  • Rein Murakas

    Analyst, Institute of Cultural Research, University of Tartu

  • Andu Rämmer

    Andu Rämmer

    PhD, Associate Professor of Youth Studies, Division of Social Studies, University of Tartu Narva College

In law-making there can often arise a need for information on social problems. Such information can be obtained from the Estonian Social Science Data Archive (ESSDA) in Tartu. ESSDA is an interdisciplinary centre at the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Tartu which also functions as a national archive of social sciences. ESSDA’s aim is to guarantee the maintenance and use of social information gathered in Estonia and about the Estonian society, as well as integrate Estonian social scientists into international social information networks.

ESSDA deposits data files of more than 200 empirical social studies, including research results on the media, public opinion polls, information on the youth, education, urbanisation, leisure, rural life, satisfaction with work and working conditions, etc.

ESSDA is a member of CESSDA, the Council of European Social Science Data Archives that enables access to materials contained in other European data archives.

ESSDA’s Internet home page ( provides information about the archive and available research findings.

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